Madrone Circle

Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum
Photo: Cathy Morris/Burke Museum

Strong Roots Sustain the Future

Planned Giving at the Burke

For more than 130 years, the Burke Museum has cared for and shared the state’s collections of natural history and cultural heritage with one thing in mind: the future. Burke collections hold answers to questions that haven’t been asked and stories that haven’t been told. Through a planned gift, you can ensure the Burke’s resources are available to all, for the next 130 years and beyond.

Join the Madrone Circle with a planned gift through:

  • A will or living trust that benefits the Burke in the future
  • Charitable gift annuity or remainder trusts that pay you income during your lifetime
  • Gifts of property or collections the Burke can use today

Madrone Circle Benefits

Formalize your planned gift and enjoy:

  • Lifetime membership benefits
  • Recognition in the Burke’s annual report
  • Annual behind-the-scenes tour for a group of five
  • Invitations to the annual Camas Celebration and other special events
  • University of Washington Henry Suzzallo Society benefits


We look forward to hearing from you!

Development Department

UW Office for Planned Giving

Planned Giving Website

madrone treePacific Madrone

Pacific madrone (Arbutus menziesii) plays an important role in Northwest ecosystems and cultures. Madrones can grow up to 100 feet tall and live for more than a century. Their roots spread widely and provide erosion control on rocky outcrops and sandy bluffs.

Indigenous people of the Northwest use parts of the tree for medicine, cooking, and to make tools and boats. Wood from a madrone that once stood on the site of the Burke now covers the walls of the east entrance to the museum, welcoming visitors and reminding us of its lasting impact.